Council News and Features
Annual VA Picnic was a success
Fund raising success for the USS Pittsburgh crew and family support
In May and June your Pittsburgh Council raised funds for the USS Pittsburgh crew and family scholarships and children Christmas Party. See the 2Q '17 Newsletter for a summary of these events.
Annual Dinner Meeting held March 4, 2017
The 2017 Meeting was held on March 4 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. After the reception hour, Colors were paraded by the Sea Cadets, CAPT Neil F. Judd Unit.
Following dinner Bob MacPherson, President, conducted the awards ceremony for Outstanding Sea Service Members of the Year. The following were honored:
Coast Guard: CSI John F. Backman, USCG Osage; OINC Senior Chief Shane Yonushonis; MST2 Anthony DeAngelo, Marine Safety Office, Pittsburgh
Navy: QM1 Melissa Loos, Selected Reserve; HM1 Rachel Fernandez, Active Duty Navy Operational Support Center, Pittsburgh;
Steel City Unit, Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. MIDN Brendan Barnes
Navy Recruiting District; NC1 Gary Peach,
Marines: LCPL Justin T. Middlemiss, Surgical CO Alpha
Sea Cadets, CAPT Neil F. Judd Units: PO3 Daniel Caplan, USNSCC, Pittsburgh ; PO3 Jakob Parmeter, USNSCC, Erie
Installation of Officers was conducted by Polly Bozdech-Veater.
USS Pennsylvania Crew members visit
In November members of the USS Pennsylvania, Ballistic Missile Submarine, paid a visit to Pittsburgh. Council President Bob MacPherson accompanied them on a number of local industry, academic and commercial meetings. A visit with the Steel City NROTC, pictured below, and Midshipmen was included. See the 4th Quarter 2016 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter for a complete summary.
Steel City NROTC Mid of the Year Chosen
The NROTC unit has chosen MIDN 1/C Brendan Barnes to receive the Midshipman of the Year award from our council at the 4 March annual awards dinner.
Sea Perch – Two Western Pennsylvania Schools win at Regionals
Pittsburgh Council assisted in raising funds for the National Competition
Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum.
Two schools (Hopewell and Harrison) from the Pittsburgh area won the regional competition and earned the honor of competing in the National Competition.
Sponsorship was a combined effort by the Navy City Outreach Northeast partnering with Penn State Center Pittsburgh and 4-H of Allegheny County, and influential community leaders in Pittsburgh to make the Sea Perch program available to local schools.
The Navy League of the United States -Pittsburgh Council coordinated part of the effort to raise funds to allow both of the local schools that won the Pittsburgh Regional Sea Perch Competition to travel to and participate in the National Competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The sponsor noted that the kids had an amazing time and it was such a good experience.
Pittsburgh Council modifies and approves new Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
In December 2015 our Board of Directors approved a significant revision to our Council Articles and Bylaws to mold our organization in support of our expanded vision. Here's a link to the new Articles of Incorporation [click here] and Bylaws [click here]. The Bylaws define new roles and responsibilities of the membership to lead us forward. We look forward to our council having a positive impact in support of the Sea Services.